Personal best for Shanna Dickenson

LINCOLN, Neb. - University of Tennessee junior Shanna Dickenson carded the ninth-best collegiate measurement in the weight throw this season, placing her first among collegians and second overall Friday night at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

On day one of the meet at the University of Nebraska, Dickenson uncorked two throws that were better than her week-old personal best of 62-10 1/2. The mark of record, which came on her third attempt, was a heave of 64 feet, seven inches that moved her to ninth on the NCAA's provisional qualifying list. She also had a toss of 64-1 on her second try of the competition, which was won by unattached competitor Melissa Myerscough with an effort of 66-5 3/4.

In the only other final involving Lady Vols, freshman Lynne Layne turned in a top leap of 18-1 3/4 to finish seventh in the long jump.

Eleventh-ranked Tennessee had athletes competing in four preliminary events on Friday night and moved two along to the finals in the 200-meter dash and one in the 400 meters. UT also advanced three to the semifinals in the 60m dash and one in the 60m hurdles.

In the prelims of the 200 meters, juniors Courtney Champion and Cleo Tyson were unchallenged as they easily won their heats with NCAA provisional times. Champion won heat eight, posting the fastest of the eight qualifying times for Saturday's final in 23.58. Tyson, meanwhile, was next, winning heat six in 23.73. No one else in the field dipped below 24 seconds.

Junior LaTonya Loche earned a lane in the finals of the 400-meter dash. Her 55.01 clocking was good enough to win heat three. Sophomore Kimarra McDonald and freshman Phoebe Wright turned in personal bests but neither advanced.

In the 60-meter dash, Champion and Tyson, as well as Layne, moved on to the semis. Champion won heat two in 7.28, Tyson took heat three in 7.33 and Layne grabbed a victory in heat five in 7.65.

In the 60-meter hurdles prelims, sophomore Pavi'Elle "Tiki" James was worthy of a spot in Saturday's semifinal round, as she out-leaned Nebraska's Nikita Eades at the finish line to win heat three. Even though both runners officially were credited with a time of 8.55 seconds, when broken down to one-thousandth of a second, James' 8.542 reading was a hair better than Eades' 8.543.

The Big Orange women return to action in Lincoln at noon Central Time on Saturday, with the pole vault, shot put and triple jump all getting underway.

James is UT's first running event competitor on day two, taking part in the 60m hurdle semifinals at 1:15 p.m. CT.


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